Cremation Options

Greenwood Cemetery offers a number of choices for a cremation interment.  In all areas of the cemetery we allow two cremations per grave space or a combination of one cremation and one traditional in-ground burial per grave space.

A 'Place'

Every person should have a ‘place’ where their lives are memorialized, a 'place' to remember, to remind those who knew, and those who never knew, a man or woman who touched many lives down through the years.  As memories fade and generations pass, we lose track of those whose shoulders upon which we stand.  We build monuments to Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson for a reason.  Those monuments and others remind us not only of the man but of the foundations of our country.  But it was not just Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson who built this country, it was the men and women who built a farm from the wilderness; who built a business that provided essential services; who built churches and schools and hospitals; and who raised families in good times and in bad.

Cemeteries are the one 'place' where one can go to be reminded of those who have had such an influence on our country and upon ourselves.

Columbarium

One choice for interment is a Columbarium (a mausoleum for cremation entombment).  The purchase of a columbarium niche includes room for two urns (must be appropriately sized), bronze lettering and floral plantings by the cemetery.

Scattering Garden

One of our newest sections is our scattering garden.  Loved ones may scatter cremains here at no charge.  There is a charge to record the name and genealogical information at the cemetery office if so desired.  A granite tablet can be used as a memorial to your loved one by placing an inscription on the granite located next to the garden.  This garden overlooks a grand view of Little Traverse Bay.

For those who would like their loved one scattered in our garden but are unable to do it themselves, we offer the service of scattering the cremains at no charge.  If desired we will also arrange for a clergyman to have a short service.  We believe that having your loved one in a beautiful setting with their name in our cemetery records and inscribed into the granite tablet will mark their final resting place and provide a 'place' for loved ones to visit in years to come.

Scattering Garden Brochure

Traditional Interment

Many families continue to make interments of cremains on traditional cemetery lots. The "look and feel" of a traditional burial remains but the cremains are interred.  This allows many more options as to monuments or markers or the planting of shrubbery and flowers.  There are many different locations in the cemetery available for traditional interment offering a range of choices.

Cremorial Rocks

Cremorial rocks are a boulder which has been drilled to accept cremated remains.  There is a bronze cover that screws down on top of this which has the name and date cast into the bronze.  These are very nice in a natural setting.  Currently these are sold out but you may contact the Office for availability in the future.

Thoughts about Scattering 

We believe it is vitally important to inter cremations in a cemetery rather than scatter the remains elsewhere.  Because of our work with genealogists and our role as keepers of history we know it is important for future generations to have a place to 'go' to remember a relative - sometimes a relative they have never met in life.

The cemetery is a resource for genealogy research since it provides a recorded history of our lives for future generations.  With this in mind, some families have chosen to memorialize their loved ones here at the cemetery even though scattering elsewhere has already taken place.
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